A particularly hard-working rider at Sepang was Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who had done the Laguna WorldSBK round two weekends before, then competed in the Suzuka 8-hour for the first time and then headed straight to Malaysia for another race weekend in WorldSBK
He was unfazed by the time-shifting experience.
“It has not been too bad coming from Japan to Malaysia because the time difference is one hour,” said Lowes. “It is cooler here than in Japan but it was not too bad. I think we had 36 or 37 degrees for the race. It was not as humid as here. If you mentallyprepare yourself leading up for the race, it is all right. It is nice to behere and try to have a nice race before the summer break.”
Lowes had one good result in America last time out in WorldSBK and maybe that is his realistic level of potential right now. “In America we got a sixth which is a bit better than we have been and I think that the bike is pretty much behaving itself now in comparison to how good the Suzuki can be – like last year’s bike and the old electronics. So we are back to a similar position, but we still need to break into that top six, and with the three factory teams is still hard; tough for us to do that. Here, we are one factory bike down with Davide Giugliano injured, but Max Biaggi is now here, so that evens things out a bit. Even if our bike is working really well it is still hard for us to beat them. I need to adjust back to riding on different tyres. It is a long old weekend when the temperature is up so I think it is more important to get the bike working for the race rather than for just one or two laps.”